The BeActive Beach Games get vacationers active

Updated: May 23, 2020

Our Latvian member, the Latvian Sports Federation Council (LSFC) coordinates an Erasmus+ Sport collaborative partnership project, the BeActive Beach Games. The initiative started in early 2019 and runs until the end of June 2020. Get to know the project!

The BeActive Beach Games partner organisations are the Estonian Beach Sports Federation; the Lithuanian ENGSO member, the Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations; the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth, an ENGSO associated member, the Union of Sports Federation of Catalonia; the European Division of the International Sport for All Association (TAFISA) and the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA).

The project aims at promoting physical activities and sports on the beach through the development and testing of a new format – the BeActive Beach Games – that could stimulate an integrated participation and inclusion of different segments of population through sports and promote social and health values, learning and cooperation aspects, as well as intercultural exchange. The consortium develops an accessible and inclusive model of the BeActive Beach Games, with the possibility of organising them on natural and artificially formed beaches as well.

In 2019, the first BeActive Beach Games were held in two European countries, Latvia and Portugal. On 17–18 August 2019, the BeActive Beach Games organised by LSFC took place in the urban environment of Riga and on 7–8 September 2019, on the natural beach of Portimao, Portugal.

Top: BeActive Beach Games in Latvia, Riga. Bottom: BeActive Beach Games in Portugal, Portimao

"The goal of developing the Beach Games is to expand the #BeActive movement by offering new ideas on how to shape the environment and culture in different places and promoting an active lifestyle as much as possible. Relaxation by the water is one of the most popular ways of spending time in summer in Europe, so the focus of the project is to promote beach sports activities. Moreover, our goal was not as much competition as the notion of just being physically active," stresses LSFC President Einars Fogelis.

Based on the experience of the first BeActive Beach Games the following materials will be developed:

  • A manual on the organisation of beach sports games

  • Methodological material with examples of what sports activities can be carried out on the beach individually or as a team (with friends, family, etc.).

  • A policy document that will serve as a strategic framework for decision-makers at different levels – municipal, national and European level – to support games and to promote a physically active way of life.

More information on the project can be found on its website and by following the #BeActiveAtBeach hashtag on social media.